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08:08 pm: Pokémon
I admit it: I do not find Pokémon interesting in any way.

Teddy is currently fascinated, however, so I'm trying to learn a bit without working too hard at it. He's unfortunately past the stage where "uh huh" and "tell me more" provide sufficient evidence that I care.


He's created his own character, called Crapulous or something.

Tornekuss, that's it (he spelled it for me). It's a legend type, I think he said? Something that can become any other type.

Apparently Pokémon characters only say their own name? I'd thought that was the Teletubbies, but Teddy endlessly repeats tor-NAY-kes, tor-NAY-kes, tor-freakin'-NAY-kes when he's speaking as Tornekuss.

Oy. At least I understand the basic rules of hockey (sorta), even if he might, y'know, lose his teeth or something. If he gets into karate (first class Wednesday, as last week's was canceled), I feel well prepared. Dance, good. French, good. Swimming, good. Harry Potter, excellent. Star Wars, fine. T-ball and soccer, marginal.

Pokémon? This is fairly well beyond me.

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Heading to Boston on Tuesday for the week. Work, work, work. Gonna miss the guys, though I'm kinda hoping I'll get a moment or two to myself (unlikely, but possible).

Current Location: Longmeadow
Current Mood: okayokay


Date:January 16th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)


Ha ha ha ha ha ha! With three boys in my house, I've been through Pokemon, Bakugan, Pokemon again, and Beyblades. And more Pokemon. They drive me crazy. Luckily, since I have three kids who are all interested, my participation is minimal.

I used to think that all of these toys were useless, but there is actually quite a bit of learning involved. I'm convinced that Aaron learned how to add and subtract 3 digit numbers in his head when he was four because of Bakugan (because it certainly wasn't me who was teaching him!). With Pokemon, they have to learn all the attributes to figure out which ones are greater than others. They have to multiply when they use power boosts. There's quite a bit of logic involved. Do you have any of those giant Pokemon guides? We call them Pokemon bibles around here, and it just lists characters and all of their different attributes. My kids will sit there for hours perusing the lists and flipping back and forth comparing the numbers. It's annoying when I want them to read.. a book! But kind of great when we're in the car and they need to be occupied for a long while. If they watch the cartoon also, they'll get a whole new vocabulary. (and you'll want to wear ear muffs from hearing Pik - a - chu over and over. Thankfully, we're through the stage when Aaron wanted to BE a Pokemon, and would only say the same word over and over (he wanted to be several different characters, so it depended on the day as to which name we'd be hearing).

Still drives me crazy.
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Date:January 16th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)

Suddenly I'm feeling all kinds of grateful


Though one of those Pokemon guides might be just the ticket for our next long car ride...
Date:January 16th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)

Pokemon, Magic, and DnD

I'm good at math because of games like this. They usually focus on simple arithmetic, multiplication, and really basic algebra.

Pokemon are easy. Just look at them as a reflection of Japanese culture. They're a penultimate step in evolution of "super teen" cartoons. In my memory, this line began from Voltron, to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to Power Rangers. You could probably even tie in Transformers and Gobots into that history as well. Perhaps with a splash of Mario Brothers and the Legend of Zelda.

(And remember that he could be reading angsty teenage vampire BS. So you're ahead of the game.)

So you know....
Pokemon are wild little monsters (translated: pocket monsters) that are captured by teenagers wielding "poke-balls". A pokeball resembles a red and white tennis ball. The teenagers train them to do tricks that are usually variants of their natural abilities and then test them in one on one combat. It's a bit like entering your dog into a "Flash Ball" tournament or obstacle course. But instead of running in a relay race, the pet beats the snot out of their opponent. Or they might shock them. Or breathe flames. Well...you get the idea.

Amazingly, no Pokemon are killed in the making of these cartoons. When they lose the fight, the teenagers send them back to their cages where they heal up to fight another day.

Pokemon only say their names or individual syllables of their name. The famous yellow electric mouse, Pikachu, might say "pika pika!"

What's scary is that I used to watch the Pokemon cartoon in college. I found the dialogue between Pokemon to be more riveting than the dialogue of the people who spoke english.

"Bulbasaur! Bulba! Saur! Saur!"
"Pika pika! Chu chu chu. Pickachu!"
"Pika pika!"

See? Classic stuff. It's better than your average knock knock joke.

Hope this helps. One final thought.....so long as he is imagining his pokemon, it's cheap. Eventually, he'll want to buy the merchandise. And when that happens, may god have mercy on your 401(k).
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Date:January 17th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)

goodness gracious mercy me

That dialogue is *exactly* what Teddy's been repeating (with some Tornekuss thrown in). I may have to buy him a large cork. Or a gag. Whatever.

I wouldn't mind the math though.
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Date:January 17th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
Looks like most have said in more detail than I can, what I was going to say. The Pokemon cards are supposedly educational, in that they teach math. I think they promote social interactions as well if kids trade. Maybe negotiating skills?
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Date:January 17th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)

I'm sure you're right

I'm working on tolerance. :g:
Date:January 19th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm sure you're right

Pokemon teach evolutionary theory as well. Well, a kind of evolutionary theory. As pokemon grow up and get better at using their pocket monster powers, they "evolve" into a more powerful pokemon.

No, it's not exactly Darwinism at its finest. It's still a whisper of "survival of the fittest" though. Remember, these guys use their powers while they're fighting each other in battle arenas. So once they've had practice and have been trained, they rock out and grow into a better pocket monster.

Interestingly, the bigger, more evolved pokemon still fit in the same old pokeball.

For example: http://youtu.be/dYlmsbmG-uA

The more you know....
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Date:January 19th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)

sometimes you scare me

In a good way, of course.
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